Near Miss Day 2017: When Is Near Miss Day? 🗓

When is Near Miss Day 2017? This year Near Miss Day is celebrated on a Thursday, March 23, 2017. In 2018, Near Miss Day is on Friday, March 23, 2018.

March 23 is Near Miss Day, an annual reminder of the day in 1989 when an asteroid nearly collided with the Earth.

The 300-meter wide asteroid called 4581 Asclepius flew past the Earth by a distance of about 450,000 miles (684,000 kms) and almost missed striking it by 6 hours. Experts estimate that if the asteroid had hit the Earth, the resulting collision would have released energy equal to about 1000 atom bombs!

Countdown to Near Miss Day date is below, plus holiday history, celebration info, facts and holiday details.

When is Near Miss Day 2017? This year Near Miss Day is on Thursday, March 23, 2017.


It is a good thing then that the asteroid wasn’t discovered until March 31, 9 days after it had flown by the Earth. Named after the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, was discovered by American astronomers Henry E. Holt and Norman G. Thomas.

Below you will find all the details for Near Miss Day 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Near Miss Day a federal holiday?

No, Near Miss Day is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Near Miss Day a national holiday?

Near Miss Day is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Near Miss Day a paid holiday?

No, Near Miss Day is not a paid holiday. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).

Does the mail run on Near Miss Day?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Near Miss Day. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Near Miss Day?

Near Miss Day is a Fun holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Near Miss Day?

On Near Miss Day, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Near Miss Day 2017

Holiday: Near Miss Day
Date: March 23, 2017
Weekday: Thursday
Holiday Type: Fun
Near Miss Day 2018: Friday, March 23, 2018
Near Miss Day 2019: Saturday, March 23, 2019
Near Miss Day 2020: Monday, March 23, 2020

Fun Holiday Fact

Did you know …that asteroids may have killed the dinosaurs?

How To Celebrate Near Miss Day

This one’s easy. Celebrate the day by celebrating life and all the second chances you have ever been given.

Learn more about asteroids and other near-Earth objects.

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